Gateway Treatment Centers Support Red Ribbon Week with Free Family Guides
October 14, 2015
In support of Red Ribbon Week's drug awareness campaign, Gateway Alcohol & Drug Treatment Centers will distribute red ribbons and free Family Guides on how parents can talk to their kids about drugs and alcohol.
The goal of Red Ribbon Week is to promote drug awareness among parents and teens to keep young people drug free. Children whose parents regularly talk to them about drugs and are 42 percent less likely to use them, according to the Red Ribbon campaign, yet only a quarter of teens report having these conversations.
"Most parents are already aware they should be talking to their children about the risks of drug and alcohol use, but they might be unsure of how to handle such a topic," said Lori Dammermann, Executive Director of Gateway's Carbondale center. "The Family Guide offers advice on how parents can initiate and maintain an ongoing conversation with their kids to help keep them drug free."
The guides will be distributed in schools and other public places throughout Illinois. They cover such topics as talking to your children about drugs and alcohol, understanding substance abuse, information on drug treatment and signs of potential trouble that parents should watch out for.
The ribbons declare this year's theme for Red Ribbon Week: "Respect Yourself. Be Drug Free."
Information is also available on the "Getting Help" section of the Gateway website at RecoverGateway.org. This includes the Family Guide, drug treatment options and how families can cope with a loved one who needs help.
The Red Ribbon Campaign, begun in 1985, is an effort by the National Family Partnership to promote drug prevention, education and advocacy.
Gateway Alcohol & Drug Treatment Centers offer a comprehensive approach to drug rehab. With facilities throughout the state, including Lake County, Chicago, St. Louis Metro East, and Carbondale, its staff creates personalized treatment plans for each client, one that treats the underlying causes of substance abuse—not just their addiction to drugs or alcohol.
Services include substance-abuse education, group and individual counseling, medical treatment of withdrawal symptoms and integrated therapy for underlying mental health concerns. Gateway also provides family counseling and education, relapse prevention and aftercare recovery support programs for teens and adults.
About Gateway Alcohol & Drug Treatment
Since 1968 our goal has been straightforward: to help clients get their life back on track and achieve a life of sobriety, free from drug use and symptoms of mental illness, that is productive, socially responsible, and healthy. Gateway Foundation is the largest nonprofit treatment provider in the country that specializes in the treatment of substance use disorders, providing treatment for men, women, adolescents, and clients diagnosed with co-occurring mental health disorders.
Gateway's Community Division has treatment centers located throughout Illinois, including Carbondale, Chicago, Lake County, Fox Valley, Springfield, and
the St. Louis Metro East area. These centers offer residential and outpatient treatment services for adults, teens, and adolescents accessed through insurance, state funding, and self-pay.
Gateway's professional clinicians help thousands of individuals successfully complete treatment by developing a personalized plan that treats the underlying causes of substance abuse—not just addiction to drugs or alcohol.
Learn more about insurance coverage, treatment options, or Gateway's confidential consultation at RecoverGateway.org or call 877-505-HOPE (4673).
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